BANGKOK – A spokesperson from Thailand’s Ministry of Transport yesterday said the proposed new ministerial regulation that will impose higher standards in obtaining new driving license won’t be enforced for at least a year.
The announcement came as the ministry is preparing to introducing new regulations for citizens to obtain a Thai drivers license.
The proposed introduction has caused a stir among the Thai public, prompting the ministry to clarify the proposed new requirements.
Spokesman Jirut Visarljit said the new regulation stipulates that “new applicants” for driver license will now be required to pass a minimum of 15 hours of instruction at qualified private driving schools before receiving their permits.
Furthermore, current drivers who wish to renew their driving license will also now be required to undergo at least 1 hour instruction as well.
However he said the problem is that at present, there are only 95 driving schools in 60 provinces in Thailand that have been approved by the Land Transport Department.
When asked by Thai PBS about the fees that will be charged for driving instruction, the Land Transport Department spokesman said that no specific amount has been approved by the Department but a maximum ceiling of 6,000 baht per course has already been agreed upon.
Transport Minister Arkom Termpitthayapaisith defended the proposed new requirements saying that the ministerial regulation was a necessary and vital step towards raising driving standards in the country in order to lower traffic accidents.
He said that 80% of most accidents have been found to have been caused by either poor driving abilities or irresponsible and inexperienced drivers.
Thailand must raise the bar higher for qualification for driving permits to International Standards.
Driving schools will now be required to ensure that their students are educated with a higher degree of ethical behavior while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
The specified 15 hours minimum requirement is in accordance with the Moscow Pact that was signed by all nations approving higher standards of driver qualification, he said.
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